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Wolf Theiss has informed CEE Legal Matters that this past spring it worked alongside Jones Day and Kirkland & Ellis in advising Blackstone Tactical Opportunities on its EUR 175 million acquisition of a minority stake in Romania's Superbet Group. Romania's Bulboaca & Asociatii worked alongside global counsel Herzog, Fox & Neeman in advising the sellers.

Weber & Co. has advised joint lead managers Erste Group, LBBW, RBI, and UniCredit on the successful November 13, 2019 issuance of EUR 300 million mortgage covered notes by Raiffeisenlandesbank Vorarlberg. Wolf Theiss advised Raiffeisenlandesbank Vorarlberg as the issuer.

Reff & Associates — the Romanian arm of Deloitte Legal — has assisted Denmark's Vestas Wind Systems on the sale of 80% of its subsidiaries owning the Pantelimon, Pegasus, and Apollo wind power plants, to IRI Investments, a Romanian subsidiary of the Ingka Group. Wolf Theiss advised the buyers.

DLA Piper has advised European hotel developer UBM Development AG on the successful issue of a new EUR 120 million corporate bond, including an exchange offer. Wolf Theiss advised joint lead managers and book-runners Raiffeisen Bank International AG and M.M.Warburg & CO.

Binder Groesswang has advised industrial holding company Mutares SE & Co. KGaA on a notarized, binding offer to acquire the business of Q Logistics GmbH, a logistics subsidiary of Osterreichische Bundesbahnen-Holding Aktiengesellschaft. Wolf Theiss advised OBB on the transaction.

Wolf Theiss has advised Manzanita US Investments LP on the acquisition of a majority stake in high-end natural cosmetics company Susanne Kaufmann, including a share swap with a UK holding company. SCWP Schindhelm and Honert & Partner advised the shareholders of Susanne Kaufmann on the deal.

This April, the new EU foreign investment screening regulation entered into force, with terms scheduled to become applicable on October 11, 2020. The regulation was conceived and designed to provide member states with a valuable tool to employ in defending their strategic interests. We spoke to several experts in the region to learn more.

Wolf Theiss has advised Raiffeisen Bank International AG on the issue and listing of a EUR 750 million Green Bond. White & Case advised a syndicate consisting of Barclays Bank Ireland PLC, Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, Raiffeisen Bank International AG, Societe Generale, and UniCredit Bank AG on the issuance.

BDK Advokati and Clifford Chance advised the EBRD, IFC, and the Development Bank of Austria on financing for a waste management public-private partnership project in the Vinca district of Belgrade. The City of Belgrade was advised by Hogan Lovells and Karanovic & Partners, with Karanovic & Partners also advising the IFC on the matter.

Kamila Seberova, Radka Nenickova, and Tereza Naucova have joined Wolf Theiss in Prague as Counsels, Dita Sulcova has joined as a Tax Consultant, and Filip Michalec has joined as a Senior Associate.

Wolf Theiss has advised Raiffeisen Bank International AG as issuer of EUR 500 million Tier 2 Notes and on a tender offer for the repurchase of EUR 500 million Subordinated Callable Fixed Rate Reset Notes due February 2025. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Germany advised RBI in connection with the tender offer and White & Case Frankfurt, acted as the legal advisor to joint lead managers RBI, BNP Paribas, Citi Bank, UBS, and Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

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